Suburb imposes road blocks for food trucks

WESTFIELD, Ind. (WISH) – Additional road blocks stand in the way between mobile food vendors and business opportunities in the City of Westfield.

The Hamilton County suburb became the latest community to restrict food trucks when its common council passed an ordinance Monday night.

The new rules of Ordinance 14-06 state mobile concession vendors may only stop in the city for sales when invited by what Westfield has defined as a large employer or for special events and neighborhood parties.

Leaders said large employers include those that have a minimum of 25 workers on site daily during the work week.

The ordinance listed a dozen permitted events to where food trucks may be allowed including events hosted by parks and recreation departments, charitable organizations like Lions Club and Westfield Rotary and the city’s farmers market.

Hamilton County requires a $100 annual permit for food truck operators to serve food in any of its communities.

It appeared the move was mostly motivated by the approaching opening of Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield.

The 400 acre complex was scheduled to open in Spring 2014. Plans featured 26 baseball and softball diamonds, 31 multipurpose fields and ten miles of pedestrian or bicycle trails.

The ordinance pointed out goals of Westfield’s “Economic Development Policy.” It included supporting existing brick-and-mortar businesses; many of which had expressed interest in opening near Grand Park.

Mobile food vendors were to consider Grand Park off-limits according to the ordinance.

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